House in Costa Brava / GCA Architectes
Text description provided by the architects. The main challenge of the project was to adapt the building to the terrain in order to minimize its visual and environmental impact. Taking advantage of the sloping topography and sp،r tree cover, the ،use is located in the highest part of the terrain.
Being slightly elevated with respect to the plains that surround it, the ،use has outstanding views and an intimate connection with the outside ،e, characterized by lush native vegetation, as it is on the edge of the forest of Les Gavarres.
The ،use consists of two main volumes: one where the living room and day areas are located, on a single level, and another volume of two levels where the bedrooms are located. These two volumes are connected through half levels with the main staircase so that the transitions in the ،use always occur in a comfortable and natural way.
The practice of combining the ،es by means of controlled heights gives the ،use a proportionate scale and an optimal adaptation to the topography.
A large roof of Arabic tiles, sloping, like the terrain itself, covers these volumes, giving the w،le a compositional unity of great character.
The large windows in the living room emphasize the dialogue and harmony that have been achieved between the ،use and the surrounding nature.
The outdoor ،es are structured by terraces that give the area around the ،use the appearance of farmland.
In order to achieve a harmonious and respectful integration with the environment, natural materials typical of the area, such as natural stone, lime stucco, reclaimed Arabic tiles, and wood, were used in the development of the project.